AHL's Norfolk Admirals close regular season with 28 straight wins

Lost in all the commotion that is the NHL playoffs right now, one of the best and most impressive win streaks you'll ever see is going on at the AHL level.

The Norfolk Admirals, the affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning, wrapped up the AHL regular season on Sunday with a 4-2 win over the Adirondack Phantoms, the affiliate of the Flyers. Nothing unusual about that.

What made it special, however, is the fact that it was their 28th consecutive win. Not against Adirondack or anything. It was their 28th straight period.

In the end the Admirals finished the season 55-18-1-2 (2 is shootout losses differentiated from 1 OT loss). It probably won't surprise you that they finished atop the AHL, 14 points better than the Oklahoma City Barons.

The streak is remarkable. It set a North American professional hockey record. It isn't exactly the Penticton Vees and their 41-game win streak this season in the B.C. Hockey League, but let's just say the competition is a bit tougher and more balanced in the AHL than British Columbia's junior league.

Consider this: The last time the Admirals lost was Super Sunday. That was Feb. 5, a 4-2 loss to the Springfield Falcons. Even for teams that are the best in the league 28 straight wins is amazing. To never get knocked off in an upset or just on a down night? Crazy.

Now back to your regularly scheduled NHL programming.

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